New York - Walk into the Wall Street Burger Shoppe and you can have a burger at their downstairs counter for $4 or you can head upstairs to the fine dining room. There, that is if you had a good day on Wall Street you can treat yourself to a $175 burger.
The Burger Shoppe decided to top the $150 double truffle burger at Daniel Boulud’s DB Bistro Moderne. The burger is only available from December to March, the black truffle season.
Chef and co-owner Kevin O’Connell at the Burger Shoppe created the Richard Nouveau burger. What makes it so expensive? According to gothamist.com you will get 10 ounces of Kobe raised beef with a thick "lobe" of seared foie gras topped with 25 grams of shaved black truffles and aged gruyere cheese. It is "enthroned" on a brioche bun and topped with a homemaded truffled mayonnaise and for a garnised with more shaved truffles. If you think that isn't enough the finest gold leaf flakes from Japan is mixed in with the truffle mayonnaise and then sprinkled on top of the burger. There is a total of 750 milligrams of gold on the burger.
Fastcompany.com reports O'Connell said, "It needed an extra kick," when he made the decision to mix gold flakes with his truffle mayonnaise.
They sell between 20 to 25 of the expensive burgers a month compared to hundreds of the $4.00 burgers
Reuters.com quotes Georgette Farkas, a spokeswoman for Boulud, "Our burger is not about the price. If you are making something concerned only about the price, you are off in the wrong direction."